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February 25, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPEARS ON THE BILL BENNETT RADIO SHOW (AUDIO)



February 25, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR URGES MISSISSIPPIANS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EASY, FREE ELECTRONIC TAX PREPARATION
Governor Haley Barbour announced a partnership with the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) aimed at helping lower- and moderate-income Mississippi taxpayers - including those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, active-duty military, students, and seniors - to electronically prepare and file their taxes for free.

 

 

February 24, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR PRAISES RATE REDUCTIONS FOR MAJORITY OF MISSISSIPPI PHYSICIANS
Governor Haley Barbour announced today that the state’s largest provider of medical malpractice insurance has lowered its rates once again, further proof that tort reform continues to benefit the citizens of Mississippi.

 

 

February 23, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR NAMES FITCH TO LEAD STATE PERSONNEL BOARD
Governor Haley Barbour announced today the appointment of Lynn Fitch as executive director of the State Personnel Board, effective March 1.

 

 

February 20, 2009
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR FILLS DISTRICT 16 CHANCERY COURT VACANCY
Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Ocean Springs attorney G. Charles Bordis IV to the Chancery Court seat for District 16, which includes George, Greene and Jackson counties.

 

 

February 13, 2009
HANDY HARDWARE TO BUILD DISTRIBUTION FACILITY IN MERIDIAN
Governor Haley Barbour announced today that Handy Hardware, a member-owned hardware buying group, will open a distribution center in Meridian. The company plans to employ more than 150 people.

 

 

February 10, 2009
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR'S STATEMENT ON EMINENT DOMAIN
Governor Haley Barbour's statement on eminent domain "If the bill that passed the Senate today were to become law, it would be a major impediment to Mississippi's job creation efforts. Toyota would not be coming to Mississippi if this had been the law in 2007, and the Senators recognized that fact by an amendment they included in the bill."

 

 

February 6, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR ON EMINENT DOMAIN LEGISLATION
“Lawmakers in the House who supported the use of eminent domain for major economic development realize that without it Mississippi would not be home to Stennis Space Center, Nissan, or Toyota, nor would the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway’s route through Mississippi have been able to attract manufacturing facilities. None of these huge job-creating projects could have happened without the use of eminent domain in special circumstances for economic development.”

 

February 5, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR
"States need an effective, targeted stimulus package to shore up dwindling state revenues. The legislation currently being considered includes excess spending and impedes states' abilities to manage their own programs. I will oppose any stimulus package that increases states' costs and taxes, or results in federal control over state-administered programs."

February 3, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR, FORMER RNC CHAIRMAN, SAYS THE PARTY WILL AGAIN HAVE TO SELL IDEAS, NOT ACCESS

Haley Barbour has a message for Republicans still dispirited by the November elections: "We've been in a lot worse shape than this. . . . When I first started working in politics during the Watergate era only 16% of Americans identified themselves as Republicans." He recalls one incident in the mid 1970s when "Mary Louise Smith, the chairman of the party, appointed a committee to change the name of the party. You can't get much lower than that."

February 3, 2009
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR FILLS COURT OF APPEALS VACANCY
Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Assistant United States Attorney James D. Maxwell II of Oxford to the Mississippi Court of Appeals effective March 1, 2009. Maxwell will serve through January 2, 2011.

February 2, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES ATK WILL EXPAND MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AT IUKA FACILITY
Governor Haley Barbour announced today that Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE: ATK) will manufacture composite structures for next-generation commercial aircraft at its Iuka, Mississippi, facility.

 

January 29, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS WILLIAMS AS INTERIM TAX COLLECTOR IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
Governor Haley Barbour has approved the temporary appointment of Monica Williams as interim tax collector in Washington County.

 

January 29, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES $60 MILLION IN NEW HANCOCK COUNTY ‘GROUND ZERO’ PROJECTS
Governor Haley Barbour said today an additional $60 million has been awarded for Hurricane Katrina recovery projects in Hancock County.

 

January 26, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION FOR STATE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM
“The United States Senate will vote this week on a child health insurance bill that continues shortchanging Mississippi and our children. I urge our senators to vote against it unless its discrimination against the needy children of our state is corrected."

 

January 20, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR
“I want to thank President Bush for his service to our nation these past eight years. Our nation is more secure because of his unwavering leadership. Equally important for Mississippi, President Bush worked hard to help our state recover from the worst natural disaster in American history. Now, as President Obama has assumed our nation’s highest office I wish him great success for our country. His inauguration was uplifting and inspirational. I look forward to having a positive, productive relationship with him and his team.”

 

January 14, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ORDERS FURTHER BUDGET REVISIONS
Governor Haley Barbour today ordered further spending cuts, trimming the Fiscal Year 2009 budget by $200 million due to declining state tax collections.

 

January 13, 2009
PREPARED REMARKS OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR: 2009 STATE OF THE STATE
Governor Bryant; Speaker McCoy; ladies and gentlemen of the Legislature; and fellow Mississippians:

 

January 5, 2009
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR: TOYOTA HONORS COMMITMENTS
Governor Haley Barbour announced today Toyota will honor financial commitments made to the state and local entities even though the company has delayed start of production at its Prius plant, which is under construction in Blue Springs.